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shudder

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intransitive verb shud·der \ˈshə-dər\

Simple Definition of shudder

  • of a person : to shake because of fear, cold, etc.

  • of a thing : to shake violently

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of shudder

shudderedshuddering play \-d(ə-)riŋ\

  1. :  to tremble convulsively :  shiver, quiver

Examples of shudder in a sentence

  1. The old car shuddered to a halt.

  2. The house shuddered as a plane flew overhead.



Origin of shudder

Middle English shoddren; akin to Old High German skutten to shake and perhaps to Lithuanian kutėti to shake up


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with shudder


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shudder

noun shud·der

Definition of shudder

  1. :  an act of shuddering

shuddery play \-d(ə-)rē\ adjective


Examples of shudder in a sentence

  1. <a shudder ran through him as he stepped outside into the snow>



1607

First Known Use of shudder

1607



SHUDDER Defined for Kids

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shudder

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verb shud·der \ˈshə-dər\

Definition of shudder for Students

shudderedshuddering

  1. 1 :  to tremble especially with fear or horror or from cold

  2. 2 :  to move or sound as if being shaken <The train slowed and shuddered to a halt.>




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shudder

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noun shud·der

Definition of shudder for Students

  1. :  an act or instance of trembling or shaking <a shudder of fear>




Medical Dictionary

shudder

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intransitive verb shud·der \ˈshəd-ər\

Medical Definition of shudder

shuddered; shuddering

  1. :  to tremble convulsively :  shiver

shudder noun




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